PA is part of PA Group Limited, a private company with 27 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper publishers. The biggest shareholders are Associated Newspaper Holdings Limited, News International plc, Trinity Mirror plc and United Business Media plc. The group also encompasses Globelynx, which provides TV-ready remotely monitored camera systems for corporate clients to connect with TV news broadcasters in the UK and worldwide; TNR, a specialist communications consultancy; and Sticky Content, the UK's leading digital copywriting and content strategy agency.
PA delivers a continuous feed of content via a national newswire, including text, images, video and data into newsrooms around the country. This ranges from international sports data and entertainment guides, to TV listings and archived images.
For instance, PA Images has more than 12 million photographs available online and around 10 million in physical archives dating back 150 years.
PA has continually evolved to provide businesses, brands and public sector organisations with multimedia content. PA’s products and services span across sports data APIs, hosted live blogs, social media content, media training, page production services and TV listings.
PA’s customers are varied, consisting of non-media customers, business brands, commercial companies, Government and not-for-profit organisations.
The Press Association was founded in 1868 by a group of provincial newspaper proprietors to provide a London-based service of news-collecting and reporting from around the United Kingdom.
The news agency's founders sought to produce a more accurate and reliable alternative to the monopoly service of the telegraph companies. A committee appointed to make arrangements for the formation of the organisation said: "The Press Association is formed on the principle of co-operation and can never be worked for individual profit, or become exclusive in its character".
In December 2013, PA Group sold its weather business MeteoGroup, Europe's largest private sector weather company, to global growth investment firm General Atlantic.
A full history of the Press Association was written by Chris Moncrieff, CBE, the former Political Editor of the Press Association in 2001 called "Living on a Deadline."
PA provides a stream of content on wires, delivers packages for use online, or designs and delivers ready-to-publish pages for use in print. This media content now includes video and interactive graphics.
• In sport, PA reports on the major events around the world including tennis, golf, rugby, horseracing and key football tournaments.
• PA’s entertainment journalists gather celebrity coverage, star interviews and independent reviews.
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TNR is the specialist communications consultancy of the Press Association. Offering creative PR services from a journalistic perspective, it provides the ability to commission PA videographers, photographers and trainers.
Globelynx was founded in 2001 and is part of PA Group. Globelynx connects, via its managed fibre optic network, a growing list of corporate clients to TV news broadcasters in the UK and worldwide. It provides TVready remotely monitored, broadcast-quality purpose built camera systems.
Board of directors
- Murdoch MacLennan (Chairman, PA Group)
- Clive Marshall (Chief Executive, PA Group)
- Tony Watson (Managing Director, Press Association)
- Andrew Dowsett, (Chief Operating Officer, PA Group)
- Simon Fox (Chief Executive, Trinity Mirror)
- Kevin Beatty (Chief Executive, A&N Media)
- Mike Darcey (Chief Executive, News UK)
- Adrian Jeakings (Chief Executive, Archant)
- Daily Mail and General Trust
- News International
- United Business Media plc
- Trinity Mirror plc
- Guardian Media Group
- The Telegraph Group
- Johnston Press
- DC Thomson
- Midland News Association
- Thomas Crosbie & Co
- Sweney, Mark; Ben Dowell (14 June 2012). "PA Group records 85% increase in profits and boosts chief executive's pay". The Guardian.